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Shane MacGowan: Fairytale of New York singer's mother dies in crash

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Image caption Shane MacGowan's band The Pogues are best known for Fairytale of New York

The mother of Shane MacGowan, frontman for The Pogues, has been killed in a road crash in the Republic of Ireland.

Therese MacGowan, who is in her late 80s, died in the crash near Silvermines, County Tipperary at about 15:00 local time.

Irish police said the car she was driving hit a wall.

Her body has been taken to Limerick University Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out on Monday.

Shane MacGowan fronted The Pogues from 1982 until their break-up in 2014. The band are best known for their hit song Fairytale of New York.

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